Scythe

Scythe

Book - 2016
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""In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442472426
1442472421
9781442472433
144247243X
Branch Call Number: YA SHUSTERMAN
Characteristics: pages cm

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Benvolia
Oct 30, 2017

One of those really good books that leaves you pondering after you're done, but still feeling a sense of completion to the story. I really enjoyed both characters, and appreciated feeling the anguish as the one I connected with more drifted further and further from their roots. A wonderful read.

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tem453
Aug 24, 2017

What interests me most about Scythe is that it presents us with a "post-mortal" society with truly utopian elements (death and disease have been cured, and all major societal problems have been solved), but it then questions whether utopia is actually best for humanity. Do we need the threat of death in order to feel alive? Do we need the possibility of war in order to appreciate peace? If there wasn't a sector of society set apart from this utopia (the Scythdom), would there even be a meaningful story to tell on this world? The main story with the warring Scythe factions was interesting and entertaining, but it was the details and philosophies of the world that fascinated me.

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SashaE
May 22, 2017

Oh. My. GOD
I finished this book in 4 hours (I'm a quick reader) without stop.
It was incredibly good.
The author made you feel so many different emotions and it was awesome.
I don't have enough words for this book.
Jeez.
It was amazing to read and, just, UGH.

I loved this book so much!!

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shayshortt
Apr 26, 2017

There are a lot of practical world-building questions that can be raised about Scythe. How, for example, has humanity advanced so far as to be able to reverse the aging process, but been unable to master space travel, or some other method of supporting an increasing population? And if it is necessary to limit the population, why kill people in often gruesome ways to achieve that end? If you are the nit-picking type, you will probably have a hard time accepting the basic premise of this novel and some of the devices. But if you can achieve the necessary willing suspension of disbelief, you are in for a twisty and thought-provoking adventure that continually ups the stakes.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/04/25/scythe/

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sleepybookworm
Apr 06, 2017

While the premise was good, I didn't enjoy the play out of the story. I did, however, enjoy reading from Citra's point of view on things, while Rowan's story was a little more than dull. This futuristic world that Shusterman wrote is certainly an interesting one. With how everything played out, I ended up not liking Scythe as much as I thought I would. -- I did enjoy the ending though.

kirstd31 Mar 07, 2017

This book was great! It was so different from any other book I have read. The author did a wonderful job of coming up with a new world. It was fascinating.

MissLacie Feb 10, 2017

I am a Shusterman fan. In Scythe he explores a world without death, unless it is dealt by a Scythe for population control. Since Scythdom has so much power (deciding who lives and dies) it is full of corruption. Shusterman does an amazing job creating a post-mortal world and through journal entries that begin each chapter, the reader begins to contemplate the complexity of living in a world where people, good and bad, decide the fate of their own brothers, sisters, neighbors, strangers and friends.

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rasha1784
Feb 04, 2017

This book was excellent, and while the plot itself and the characters might've been a little flat, it more than made for it in concept and philosphical dilemmas. This book really made me think about mortality and morality, and the ethics of life and a "perfect world." Five stars!

AndLib1 Dec 09, 2016

Once again, Shusterman takes a very timely topic and turns it on its head. What if you could live forever, recover from any illness or injury without feeling pain. "Scythes"are carefully selected and trained people who kill citizens in a random and respectful ways in order to maintain population control.
Shusterman asks is this an improvement? Is a world without random pain and loss a better world? What happens when that idyllic world starts to suffer from corruption? This is the world Citra and Rowen accidentally on purpose become a vital part of. Shusterman writes some of the best Science Fiction- period. Yes its aimed a the Young Adult, but like any good writing all ages will love this. I will do whatever I can to get the next book ASAP.

mdellapenna Dec 08, 2016

Fans of Shusterman will not be disappointed. Another powerful dystopian novel.

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shayshortt
Apr 26, 2017

It has been three hundred years since humanity turned the corner, leaving behind the Age of Mortality. With the arrival of infinite computing power, a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead emerged to rule this new deathless society. But although accidental death is a thing of the past, humanity still lives on a single finite planet, and so population growth must be limited. This task was deemed to require a human conscience, not to be entrusted to a computer, and so the Scythedom was born. Citra and Rowan have been selected to apprentice to Scythe Faraday, a job that neither of them wants. But there is corruption at the heart of Scythedom, and the Thunderhead is powerless to intervene. Reform must come from within.

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shayshortt
Apr 26, 2017

She wanted to believe she wasn’t capable of it. She desperately wanted to believe she wasn’t Scythe material. It was the first time in her life that she aspired to fail.

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